what advantages and disadvantages are there over other equipment?

We recently talked in an article about what Chromebooks are and what their most prominent models are. However, we barely scratched the surface of what its advantages and disadvantages are. Today we are going to put our hands in the mud and we are going to talk about the main strengths and weaknesses of these laptops signed by Google .

First of all: what is a Chromebook ?

We have already covered this in our other article on what is a Chromebook , so if you want to know more in depth, read on. However, we are going to summarize very briefly what these laptops are.

A quick and concise definition could be:

Chromebooks are Ultrabook-like laptops designed solely for browsing and office work. They are made by different companies, but they all have to have an agreement with Google to be able to create and market them. There are models of all price ranges, but the most notable are the mid-range and low-end ones, since with little power they achieve good performance.

Its main characteristic is that it has its own Operating System called Chrome OS , which makes it the third alternative on the market. This new platform makes it different inside and out. For example, we tend to have little memory because everything is expected to be done in the cloud and we also lack classic buttons like F1-F12, among other things.

However, what consequences can we have moving to a computer with Chrome OS ? Unlike buying another more powerful Windows/Mac laptop, here we will have more differences than performance. For this reason, before buying a Chromebook you should know the advantages and disadvantages that may arise.

Some you will already see them coming, but there are others more hidden between their specifications and nooks and crannies.

Advantag

We all know that changing scenery is difficult, after all we are animals of routines.

By moving to Chrome OS you will have to adapt to new schemes, new methodologies and other things, but it also means better adaptation to today.

While an old system has had to be refreshed over the years, Chrome OS is a fairly new platform. It gives us a good number of features and is designed for those users accustomed to the era of touch screens.

Its design is highly thought for the current times and for this reason we will list some of its greatest advantages below.

The low prices of most of its models

Some you will already see them coming, but there are others more hidden between their specifications and nooks and crannies.

Advantage

We all know that changing scenery is difficult, after all we are animals of routines.

By moving to Chrome OS you will have to adapt to new schemes, new methodologies and other things, but it also means better adaptation to today.

While an old system has had to be refreshed over the years, Chrome OS is a fairly new platform. It gives us a good number of features and is designed for those users accustomed to the era of touch screens.

Its design is highly thought for the current times and for this reason we will list some of its greatest advantages below.

Google security and support

Another section that can attract you a lot is the protective mantle of San Google . Being one of the giants of computing and technology should bring benefits, right?

Basically, being largely owned by Google , the laptops are assured of good customer support. If you have any issues with your laptop, you’ll have a host of experts ready to help.

In addition, the Operating System has shown to receive quite a lot of support. If we compare it to how it was in the beginning, they are day and night. However, really, what matters most to us is that Google is always up to date with current problems.

For example, vulnerabilities affecting both Intel and AMD processors were recently discovered and Chromebooks were one of the first platforms to receive patches for this.

Its compatibility with Android (Google Play) and Linux applications

At first , Chrome OS was a kind of desolate wasteland where we couldn’t do much. We didn’t have access to Photoshop, Spotify, and other great apps that have scarred users. However, over the years , applications have been added to the Chromebooks campus .

At first they added Google Play and Android apps . As recently as 2018, they implemented support for apps meant for Linux.

With all these improvements, Chrome OS has become a much more versatile Operating System . It will be worth it for almost any not very heavy task.

The wide selection of designs

Since about 2010, Chromebooks have been around , so they’ve had plenty of opportunity to grow. And it is that during these long almost 10 years, many companies have joined the bandwagon of Chrome OS .

All the brands wanted their laptop model with this platform, because who knows, maybe one day it will become the standard and it is important to know about the trendy theme.

Thanks to this we have laptops with 11.6″, 13″ and 15.6″ screens . Also, there are convertible models and classic models, to which we have to add those with touch screens. But the thing does not end there. There are models that are tablets, with and without Google Assistant and a huge number of variables.

Google Assistant natively on some models

This feature is not natively present on all devices, but it is often implemented on newer models .

From our point of view, having Google Assistant on the laptop is a real hoot. While there are actions you can’t perform, it’s one of the most comprehensive wizards we’ve seen.

If you give it a couple of minutes, you can exploit its full potential. Things like checking the weather, scheduling events, or even opening apps with just your voice can become routine.

The simple and intuitive implementation of Google applications in the Operating System

As Chrome OS is a completely new platform, it is normal that the adaptation period is something hard for most.

Not in vain, we believe that Google has done an excellent job in making it have a simple interface. This way, at a glance you can understand where you are and how to access what you want.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, not everything is rosy in the world of ones and zeros of the big G.

Below we will list some of the most important problems that can arise with a Chromebook .

The time of adaptation to the new Operating System

We know that we just talked about this topic, but now that you have it fresh we have to discuss it a bit.

Although it is a fairly simple and intuitive system, it is a new system, after all. For this reason, we know that there will be a considerable number of people who, due to this fact, will not want to change their scenery. It is always difficult to enter an environment that you have never visited and have to accommodate yourself.

To get around this, Google has a series of tutorials to help us  move our data from one computer to another and to learn how to be more efficient using Chromebooks .

Poor specs even at the top end

One section that bothers us a bit is the specifications of the highest-end Chromebooks .

If you’re just going to be surfing the web , watching YouTube , and making presentations or text documents, Chromebook is a great alternative. However, if you want to do anything else that asks for more than that, you will be in trouble.

On some models you can play simple video games like League of Legends or indie titles, but other tasks are totally banned. It is possible that even opening more Google Chrome tabs than you should affect you quite negatively.

For this reason, you must be clear about what the use of your future laptop will be.

No support for some Windows/Mac exclusive applications

This is something Google has been working on for years. The inclusion of new application libraries has greatly benefited Chrome OS , but there are still things that they cannot achieve.

Apps like Spotify have already made the leap and are available on any Chromebook . However, we cannot say the same about other programs.

Some Windows programs are already compatible with the latest versions of Chrome OS . In some respects it can be a bit awkward to use, but most of the time they work quite well. However, whenever we go from one platform to another, we inevitably leave certain features behind.

If you need or are very attached to a specific program to work, check before it works on Chrome OS . In the worst case, you will find an application that performs the same tasks.

There are no keyboards with layouts with the letter ‘ñ’

This point is a little less relevant, but it will surely change the decision of a good handful of users.

The lack of distributions with the letter ‘ñ’ can be a deterrent for many users. It has a simple solution like putting stickers on the keys, but it is a bit clunky and sometimes we lose backlight.

Fortunately, some models that are sold internationally do have the Spanish QWERTY layout . Not in vain, you will have to buy them via Amazon or via the official website of the Chromebook manufacturer , for example Acer or ASUS .

Google ‘s loss of interest

Lately we have seen how the great Google has been taking the production of Chromebooks more calmly . Due to the poor sales of the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate , it seems that the company is not as enthusiastic as it was at first.

Although you should not fear, since they will continue to provide support and security patches for a long time to come. On the other hand, the associated companies do not seem to have slowed down and every few months we can see an announcement of new models and styles.

The low-end and mid-range market is still a good niche for Google and its Chromebooks . However, we do not know if it is what the large multinational expected.

Final Words on Chromebooks

Similar to the conclusion we reached in our base article, we think Chromebooks are good pieces of engineering.

With their pluses and minuses, they get an acceptable experience and, above all, very cheap in most cases. Although it has negative points, we believe that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. On the other hand, most disadvantages have some kind of solution or learning method to overcome them.

Of course, remember that you will have to take a leap of faith and enter a totally new environment. If you are brave and adventurous enough, we recommend these laptops without hesitation. They may teach you a new way of understanding office automation and, in addition, they have the functionalities that you already know from Google Chrome .

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